01/04/2012 05:10 pm ET

Green Decorating Tips For Your Home (PHOTOS)

They say that "green" is the new black, and isn't it great when social responsibility becomes stylish? Suddenly, sustainability is in, plastic is passé, and secondhand is oh-so-savvy. What a wonderful era!

If you've been dreaming of giving your home a bit of a facelift for the new year, then you're in luck. Decorating and design are easily "greened" with a little bit of know-how and some well-placed imagination. Here are simple steps towards your very own eco-palace:

9 Green Decorating Tips